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Is a "Strength Coach" a "Personal Trainer"?

Monday, February 1, 2016
Author: 
Heather D’Errico, MA, CFSC, CSCS

Breaking down the different titles of trainers and coaches in the fitness industry.

All too often people come to me with a question regarding an injury and what they should do about it.  When I recommend they see a physical therapist they are usually confused and think that is my job title.   I get mistaken for an athletic trainer or physical therapist regularly and when I tell people I am a strength and conditioning coach they don’t really understand what that is or what the difference is, and when I try to explain that the response is “oh, so you're like a personal trainer then?”. 

Why and how to develop the aerobic energy system for maximum performance

Monday, January 18, 2016
Author: 
Mike Moon, CFSC, CSCS

Whether we’re talking about performance in the gym, athletic performance, or everyday activity, your physiological capacity will determine how long and how intense you can complete an event.  Whenever I refer to an energy system of the body, I am talking about a series of chemical reactions between your muscles, heart, and lungs that provide you with energy to complete an activity and your ability to recover and recycle energy for repeated bouts of activity.

Personality and Philosophy: The Non-Negotiable Traits of a Quality Strength Coach

Friday, January 15, 2016
Author: 
Nate VanKouwenberg, MA, CFSC, USAW

Since opening the doors of our own facility almost three years ago, I’ve had the opportunity to interview several potential strength coaches and interns. My philosophy has, and always will be that I want the people on my staff to be as good, if not better than me. This approach allows me to step back at times to deal with the business/ management side of things and not have to worry about the quality of training that’s taking place on the floor. As a self-admitted control freak, having a highly qualified staff takes an invaluable amount of weight off of my shoulders!

Post Workout Cool Down

Monday, January 4, 2016
Author: 
Mike Moon, CFSC, CSCS

As a follow-up to my last blog post, a proper warm up is crucial for optimum performance, while taking time to cool down is imperative for your body’s recovery.  When cooling down, you would generally continue along with the same activity you have been doing, but at a much slower pace and reduced intensity.  If you just powered through a strenuous leg workout, you may consider walking for 5-10 minutes post-workout, while a high intensity upper body day might bring you to the airdyne or rower for your cool down.  Why should you take the time to cool down when you need to be getting out of the gym to go get the kids or get home to make a meal?

  • A cool down allows for gradual, rather than abrupt, recovery of heart rate and blood pressure

5 Tips For Avoiding Holiday Sabotage

Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Author: 
Kurtis Bednarcyk, CFSC

5 Tips for avoiding Holiday sabotage!

You deserve some recognition. After all, you have worked hard this year to advance yourself - you are of course reading a Strength & Conditioning blog, so this very likely refers to various elements of that nature, but I’m also talking about handling your professional or familial responsibilities, refining one of your hobbies, upgrading your mental fortitude, or whatever else you have sought to improve upon in 2015. In this never-ending charge for development, or perhaps we should just call it “life,” I hope you can look at this opening statement with each passing year and nod with prideful confidence at the truth in it.

That Extra 5-10 Pounds

Saturday, December 26, 2015
Author: 
Heather D’Errico, MA, CFSC, CSCS

 “Those extra 5-10 pounds, that place where your body naturally wants to be- that’s your life.  That’s your late night pizza with your man, that Sunday morning bottomless brunch, your favorite cupcake in the whole entire world because you wanted to treat yourself.  Those 5-10 pounds are your favorite memories, your unforgettable trips, your celebrations of life.  Those extra 5-10 pounds are your spontaneity, your freedom, your love.”

Dear 21 Year Old Me: Winter Break Guidelines for The College Hockey Player

Monday, December 21, 2015
Author: 
Nate VanKouwenberg, MA, CFSC, USAW

It’s been great to see so many of our college athletes back in the gym over the past couple of weeks! Talking to some of them about their plans over the holiday, I started to think about my winter breaks while playing college hockey. Although I took hockey very seriously in college, there are times I wish I could go back and give the 21 year old version of myself a pre-winter break pep talk. It would probably go something like this...

 

Sticking to New Year’s Goals

Monday, December 21, 2015
Author: 
Joseph Aratari, CFSC, CPT

As the holidays approach, and a new year around the corner, it’s time for the whole “new year, new me” statements and resolutions. Across all the resolutions and goals made, “sticking to a gym program” or “getting healthy” are among the top goals. Your typical commercial gym loves the new year celebration. Why you ask? Because people make farfetched resolutions, sign up for memberships, come for maybe two-three weeks then stop coming but keep paying. Nothing make your typical gym happier than collecting money on people who aren’t using their equipment, showers, towels, etc…However, and trust me when I say this, our staff at Next Level (or any gym that coaches from the heart) wants people in our sessions.

Find the Dysfunction behind Pain

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Author: 
Heather D’Errico, MA, CFSC, CSCS

Today I read an article about the old adage of RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) not being as affective for treating injuries as we once thought.  The article explained that many research studies are now showing that icing an injury keeps Insulin-like Growth Factor hormone (IGF-1) from being released to the injured area and IGF-1 has been shown to aid in repairing muscle damage.  For years we have believed that we want to reduce inflammation with the RICE methods but the inflammation is the body’s natural response that signals the release of cells the work to repair damage. 

Importance of a Warm­Up Prior to Performance

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Author: 
Mike Moon, CFSC, CSCS

Before my time at Next Level, I had an avid and extensive background in being a meathead; I lifted heavy iron in pursuit of being the biggest and strongest football player I could be. From my self­taught YMCA lifting sessions, to lifting with BFS through high school, and on to our workouts at Ithaca College, I always thought all that mattered was the number. The number I could bench, the number I could squat, the number I could deadlift, and the number I could clean would make me the best. Looking back on it, I wasn’t half as bad as the guys that cared about the number they could preacher curl, the number on the leg extension, or the number of sit­ups they could do in a minute.

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